It’s only been a couple of days since Derek Norris cleared release waivers and officially became a free agent, but the veteran backstop has received interest from “about a half-dozen teams,” per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Brown doesn’t list specific clubs, though both Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times and Buster Olney of ESPN.com linked the Rays to Norris earlier this week.

The Nationals were unable to trade Norris following their signing of Matt Wieters to a two-year contract, but that was due largely to the $4.2MM price tag that was attached to Norris. Now that he’s a free agent, he can be signed by any club for any amount. It’s probably fair to assume that some of the clubs that have expressed interest are hoping to land Norris on a minor league pact, though it’d hardly be a surprise to see the former American League All-Star land a guaranteed deal with a lower base salary than the $4.2MM he was set to receive from the Nats prior to his release. (That sum itself wasn’t fully guaranteed, as is the nature of most arbitration agreements, meaning Norris received about one-sixth of that figure, or $688K, upon being released.)

Norris was an above-average bat from 2013-15 with Oakland and San Diego, and although he tied a career-high with 14 home runs last season, his overall production cratered across the board. In 458 trips to the dish, Norris hit just .186/.255/.328 with a vastly elevated 30.3 percent strikeout rate.